White Chicken Chili

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IMG_4629xWhen Fall comes around and the weather starts to cool down, I start to think of chili. When you want a good chili to warm you up, but just aren’t in the mood for a red, tomato-based chili, give this one a try. This is my quick and easy recipe for a chicken chili with white beans. I love it!

White, Chicken Chili Recipe


2 cans (15 oz. each) of white northern beans
6 Cups chicken broth
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
2 tsp ground white pepper
1 tsp salt
1 TBSP dried oregano
2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2 cans (4 oz. each) diced green chiles
1 whole chicken cooked, de-boned, and cut into bite-size pieces (about 5 cups)
1 TBSP diced jalapeño for extra heat


  1. In a large pot, combine beans, 4 cups chicken broth, garlic onion, white pepper, salt, oregano, cumin and cloves. Cover and simmer for an hour or more.
  2. Stir in green chiles, chicken and the remaining 2 cups chicken broth. If desired, add jalapeño for extra heat. Cover and simmer for another hour.
  3. Serve as-is or over rice. Top with any variety of condiments: black olives, shredded cheese, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, sour cream, salsa, etc.

Additional Notes:

  • Feel free to use cooked chicken breasts (about 2 lbs.) instead of a whole chicken.
  • Like most chilis, this also works well in a slow cooker.
  • Also great to serve with arepas or corn tortillas.

More Links

  • For more recipes of gluten-free soups, check out this week’s edition of “What Can I Eat That’s Gluten-Free?” at The Gluten-Free Homemaker.
  • Check out the The W.H.O.L.E. Gang’s Friday Foodie Fix for more recipes with beans.



We’ve been enjoying chili recently and this will be a nice variation. Thanks for the recipe and for linking up!


I love white chicken chili! I haven’t thought about making it in a very long time…thanks!


I always make the red tomato based chili with beef. I should really give your recipe a try, it looks and sounds great. Thanks for sharing the idea.


I love white beans! This sounds like a fantastic way to enjoy them =D.


This looks great and a wonderful alternative to “red” chili. I’ll have to share it with my mom as with just a couple of changes she’d actually be able to eat this version. Thanks so much for sharing.


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